theodore M I R A L D I.
A common notion these days, that I, a singular being has the power to initiate Grand Designs that effect the World and those around me, has led the simple minded into the belief of Self Importance. There are other definitions for this ailment such as Grandiosity, Narcissism, Egocentric, Vanity and the like.
Add to these maladies an A.I. hard-drive that supports these ill conceived Fantasies and you've entered a world of Bizarre, unconnected and mostly Illogical patterns of behaviors that cripple our abilities to correct ourselves.
Imagine, High Ranking, Elected Officials who believe in Flawed Fact Patterns and hard Data allowing your Town, City and State to be over-run by the hordes, and verbally promote a policy of healthy growth and Civil Order.
Our Nation is Devolving into Chaos because a few at the top refuse the Humility necessary to change course and demand you steer the Titanic toward the Iceberg. All the while personally insulated from the dire outcome to those they purport to serve. What form of rationality is in play here?
Are we Losing the Power to Reason?
Reflection on John Donne's No Man Is An Island (1624) is apropo:
'No Man is an Island'
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
A Lonely Life They Lead and Promote in Search of Power...